IT was a big day for the Goodwin family at the final Woolamai and District Racing Club meet for the season.
Seymour-based trainer Barry Goodwin and his son, jockey Reece Goodwin, both celebrated wins in three of the seven races on Saturday.
Club secretary Bev Carmichael said a healthy number of race-goers flowed through the gate, despite the final meet being held weeks after Easter – the latest in the club’s history.
“We weren’t expecting a big crowd but there was a surprising amount of people and I think they really enjoyed the day,” Bev commented.
“The racing was very competitive and every race was exciting.”
A bonus for spectators was the installation of a giant colour screen close to the finish post.
“Country Racing Victoria gave us the screen for the day and it really added to everyone’s enjoyment,” Bev said.
“People were able to catch up with big screen footage of other races around the state.”
It was especially important that Woolamai’s racing season ended on a positive note after the disappointing last-minute cancellation of all races at last month’s meet, due to a hole discovered on the track.
“Last Saturday was just a really nice, feel-good meeting,” Bev added.
At the conclusion of Saturday’s races, trophies were handed out for club premierships.
Courtney Pace was crowned leading jockey of the season, Rebecca Waymouth named leading trainer, and five year-old gelding Stan the Man, trained by John Allen, took out the horse trophy.
The first race meet of the 2016/17 season at Woolamai will be November 26.
Good wins for Goodwins